Discussion in 'The Club House' started by dog2000tj, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

    I have been following this story since the beginning and I just wanted to say amen and congratulations. In all my years working in construction I do not recall ever coming across a story as such as this. Many kudos and thanks to the man above for all that has transpired to rescue these brave men.

    Gentlemen and ladies of the FTF please raise a toast - Slainte to the men rescued ... to the men involved in the rescue ... and to those that have kept us abreast of the situation :D

    BBC News - Chile mine rescue

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  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member


  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Gob bless them and their families. It's a glorious thing.
  4. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

    Wonderful news!

    And the fact they all managed to hold together mentally for such a long time, not knowing if rescue would even be possible...its just incredible. Allelujah is right :D
  5. AusLach

    AusLach Active Member

    It's great news for them and their families however I believe their greatest test will come in the following months... The Chilean Government is suposedly offering counselling and such to the miners to help them get over their ordeal, so hopefully they all fully recover both mentally and physically very soon.
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I have been following this story closely and I am so happy they have all survived. I truly didn't think they would.
  7. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I too am glad to see that they all got out safely. Kudos to all the folk who worked on the rescue!:)
  8. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member


    I've been watching this. It's absolutely amazing!! Thank God above for these men's rescue!!!
  9. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    I am going to say that there was something on the side of these miners. I think god was really looking out for these guys. I seen them bringing them up this morning on the news man that rescue pod was a tight fit man I would not want to be in it.
  10. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member

    I was watching coverage of it last night, amazing.
  11. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

    I stayed up late watching it on TV. Very inspiring to say the least.
  12. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    A very great ending to a story of "WTF" and how did this happen.

    Was anybody else surprised to hear that the guy who's drill actually got to the miner's ( the guy from Colorado ) was the THIRD option on the list of rescue efforts, but options one and two had them getting to the miners in Dec, possibly Jan.

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot over?!?! :confused:

    I realize the guy is just some American driller, but his proposal had them reaching the miners sooner, and with the same size hole ( allegedly ). How was he the third option?!?!

    I am very glad the miners were returned home, but I imagine the real medical needs have just started. I can't imagine being underground around the same other 31 people in a dire semi emergency then just stepping out into "the world" again and being A-ok and ready to go to dinner with family. :eek:
  13. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

    And hopefully the mine owners will decide to put in more than 2 access routes for their next one, if there is a next one.
  14. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

    Americans Play Pivotal Role in Chilean Mine Rescue

    Americans Play Pivotal Role in Chilean Mine Rescue | The Blaze

    PITTSBURGH – Proud employees of a small drilling company too remote to have cable television found themselves Wednesday at the center of the world’s biggest news story — but they still had to get the day’s work done.

    As rescuers brought 33 Chilean miners one by one in a metal capsule through a 2,000-foot hole bored by drill bits made by Center Rock Inc. of Berlin, Pa., workers in the small southwestern Pennsylvania community occasionally paused their daily routines to follow computer news feeds. Lunch was brought in to help them celebrate.

    But machines still needed to be oiled, floors still needed to be swept — and somebody still had to answer the phones, which were ringing off the hook.

    “We still have customers who still need products today, so we‘re working and we’re celebrating,” inside sales manager Becky Dorcon told The Associated Press.

    Center Rock has a brief, but storied, history. Founded in 1998, the company’s profile rose appreciably in July 2002, when it pitched in during a similar rescue to free nine miners trapped underground for more than three days in the flooded Quecreek Mine a few miles away.

    Tom Foy, 61, who still lives in Berlin, was one of the Quecreek miners but has worked for Center Rock for nearly five years.

    “The kids won’t let me go back,” said Foy, a married father referring to his four children, ages 34 to 38. “I gave the mining up. I wasn’t about to put them through that again.”

    Although Quecreek helped put Center Rock on the map, it was the company’s LP Drill — or low-profile drill — developed five years ago that has seen the company grow from 16 to 75 employees and put the company at the center of the Chilean rescue, Dorcon said.

    Schramm Inc. of West Chester, Pa., makes the T-130 drill used to make the hole; Center Rock makes the 28-inch wide canisters that function as the bit. Each canister contains four air hammers and four drill bits that move in tandem to dig through rock.

    Center Rock owner Brandon Fisher, just back Tuesday night from Chile, fielded dozens of interview requests — and hoped to sneak away for some sleep.

    In an exclusive interview with the Daily American of Somerset, Fisher said he and wife, sales director Julie Fisher, were back in Berlin in time to watch on television as the first miner was pulled from the hole where he and his colleagues had been trapped since Aug. 5.

    Fisher, 38, and Richard Soppe, 58, his director of construction and mining tools, spent 37 days with scant sleep drilling the rescue shaft. Julie Fisher joined them about two weeks ago, and relatives and friends gathered to welcome them home Tuesday.

    “When I saw the first guy looking healthy, that‘s what it’s all about,” Fisher told the newspaper. “But the mission is not over until the last guy is out.”

    Fisher was especially drawn to miner Mario Sepulveda Espina, with whom Fisher interacted by video during the drilling process.

    Espina, the second miner pulled from the shaft, made made a bizarre request while still underground: wigs. Officials granted Espina’s request, Fisher told the Daily American, and the miner wore one in front of a video monitor, joking about what shampoo did to his hair — perhaps a reference to a commercial in which a wig-clad Troy Polamalu blames his big hair on shampoo.

    Once rescued, Espina ran along high-fiving those above ground.

    “He was a practical joker; he used humor to keep the morale up,” Fisher told the newspaper.

    Dorcan said the company took “tremendous pride” in the rescue.

    “Everybody here has been giving 110 percent since the day Brandon got in contact with the people of Chile and it was thought he was going and our tools were going to be used,” she said.

    Foy said Center Rock volunteered to help in Chile after officials there confirmed the miners were still alive Aug. 22, but said soon afterward that they expected it would take until Christmas to dig a rescue shaft.

    “They said, ‘Well, heck, they ain’t getting out till Christmastime, and I know and Brandon knows and we all knew we could get down to them faster than that,” Foy said. “We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but they do big things.”